Kolozsvár layered sauerkraut – Kolozsvári rakott káposzta

by | Nov 11, 2015 | Meat dishes

We Hungarians like to make challenging foods, layered dishes serve as a good example. Don’t worry, their preparation doesn’t call for professional skills, but you will face a big pile of messy pots and pans that have to be washed up afterwards.

Kolozsvár layered sauerkraut is one of the most often prepared sauerkraut dishes in Hungary. Despite its name it has no concern with Kolozsvár (Cluj), its recipe originates from Nagyvárad (Oradea), the capital city of Bihor County, which can be found on the western boundary of Transylvania. The town’s sub-prefect had the layered sauerkraut cooked in honour of the famous actress Déryné Széppataki Róza at some time in the 19th century. She took the recipe to Budapest, and it became the base of later versions.

The original layered sauerkraut was cooked in a large copper pot, which was lined with thick and fatty pork skin. Sauerkraut, pork, chicken, sausages and ham were layered and cooked together. The ingredients have been modified during the centuries, layered sauerkraut contains nowadays rice, pork, sausage and sour cream.

Kolozsvári layered sauerkraut
Kolozsvár layered sauerkraut – photo: zserbo.com
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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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